Date: Fri, 05 Apr 2002 11:39:53 +0100
From: danny <>
Subject: Re: Noisy auto box - '90 9000

KeithG wrote: > The noise may be the pump in the tranny. Have you already done a 'change and > filter'? If so, you may also want to try flushing the fluid to see if that > helps. Just a drain will not really do it as all you can get is about 2-3 qt > of fluid out. This has to be done at a shop with the right equipment. After > the flush, replace the filter. I'd give this a try and see what happens. At > least you would be getting rid of wear particles from the clutches. > > You are pulling your espresso trailer with this car?!? I would look for > something a bit more substantial... The auto tranny in the 9k is not world > renowned for being very strong anyway. In a NA car, they can be relied upon > for 130-150kmi in normal service (no towing) Turbos really chew them up from > what I hear, though. The only true data point I have is my Dad's. He has a > '91 CD with the 2.3NA and is it cruising along at 160kmi and shifts as good > now as ever. I see these 9k autos in salvage yards. Beautiful cars, not hit > or anything. I guess that they are there with a dead tranny. > Unfortunately, changing vehicles is not an option at present - I recently lost my job and started the espresso trailer as a part time eventing thing, hoping it would eventually become a full time thing, but not yet. The oil was completely renewed about 2 years ago (20k miles), but I'll investigate doing it again. Although I've always been told how unreliable auto boxes are (I've had several Citroen CX autos and Rover SD1 autos, both said to be unreliable) until now I've never had a fault with an auto box. A good friend has a Saab 9000 Griffin turbo with an auto box and 170k miles on it. I guess we've been lucky so far. -- Regards, Danny (a purely hobby site) (UK advert for my mobile espresso service) swap Z for above characters in email address to reply

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